bộ phim kể về sứ mệnh "giải cứu các nhà ngoại giao Mỹ ra khỏi Tehran" đầy táo bạo này có sự góp mặt của một sĩ quan C.I.A. , người đã lẻn vào tận thủ đô Iran. Trên thực tế, C.I.A đã cử hai sĩ quan thực hiện nhiệm vụ.
In the midst of the 1979 Iran hostage (thù hằn) crisis, the C.I.A. began what came to be noted as one of the spy agency’s (cơ quan gián điệp) most successful publicly known operations (phi vụ): the rescue of six American diplomats (nhà ngoại giao) who had escaped the overrun U.S. Embassy — using a fake movie as the cover story.
“Argo,” the real-life 2012 movie about the C.I.A.’s fake movie, portrayed a single C.I.A. officer, Tony Mendez, played by Ben Affleck, sneaking into Tehran to rescue the American diplomats in a daring (táo bạo) operation.
But in reality, the agency sent two officers into Tehran. For the first time on Thursday, the C.I.A. is releasing the identity (danh tính) of that second officer, Ed Johnson, in the season finale of its new podcast, “The Langley Files.”
Mr. Johnson, a linguist (nhà ngôn ngữ học), accompanied Mr. Mendez, a master of disguise (cải trang) and forgery (giả mạo), on the flight to Tehran to cajole (phỉnh lừa) the diplomats into adopting the cover story, that they were Canadians who were part of a crew scouting (hoạt động hướng đạo) locations for a science fiction movie called “Argo.” The two then helped the diplomats with forged documents and escorted (hộ tống) them through Iranian airport security to fly them home.
Although Mr. Johnson’s name was classified (phân loại), the C.I.A. had acknowledged a second officer had been involved. Mr. Mendez, who died in 2019, wrote about being accompanied by a second officer in his first book, but used a pseudonym (bút danh), Julio. A painting that depicts a scene from the operation and hangs in the C.I.A.’s Langley, Va., headquarters, shows a second officer sitting across from Mr. Mendez in Tehran as they forge stamps in Canadian passports. But the second officer’s identity is obscured (che mờ), his back turned to the viewer.